25 Apr Positive Coaching Alliance: How coaches can help athletes in the recruiting process
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
Stewart Brown, is a former Queens Park Rangers FC player and former coach of Southern Methodist University, where he led the soccer program to four conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances in as many years. He is the current girls soccer head coach at perennial soccer powerhouse Highland Park High School and Director of Coaching at Highland Park Soccer Academy.
In this video, Brown discusses how when it becomes time to be recruited, high school coaches can greatly assist their players by helping inform and guide them to making the next step. They can access their resource of past players who have gone on to the collegiate level, who can provide first-hand information on specific college’s athletic, academic and social environments. Since the coaches know their players’ personalities on and off the field, they can use this insight to help determine what colleges will be the right fit for each athlete.
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